Wednesday, 12 June 2013

There's a Place







Details slip by at hectic times (one more exam to go). I failed to mention that I turned eighteen in May; I'm now legally an adult. But it's less of of the legal and more of the psychological advantages that I am continuing to enjoy.
The date was ushered in with plenty of (thrifty) pomp and champagne. It involved an afternoon tea the previous weekend, a gin and tonic at the pub on the day, and an extraordinary surprise from two very dear friends that evening. I had returned from the hill up the road, sated with the beauty of the just-experienced bluebell wood. Our family had once again enacted the rite of passage marking off each year that passes, scrambling across fields and barbed wire to greet trees and flowers. All four of us became the scenery caught between the crisp green underfoot and bright canopy above. My brother disappeared along the nearest high branch while my mum sat with her back against a trunk; my dad skulking through the patches of light in search of the perfect photo. I stood and watched and listened.
When we left, I tried to snatch something of the wood’s calmness and carry it back home. I guess it could be said that our living room echoed the light and space, but only in that it was tidier than usual. As I fiddled with books and considered what to do next, I heard a knock on the door, but hardly looked up. Then I registered the clack of heels and familiar voices. It was the effervescent, ever-fantastic Flo and her boyfriend. I had a strange moment of disconnection, not quite sure how they could be in our hall when I knew they should be in Manchester. I couldn’t take it in. They later observed that my face had been priceless, recognition turning to pure shock as I squealed.
I've always wanted to be surprised. It’s one of those strange wishes that you can’t request because it is ruined in the act of asking. But those two managed it with elegance. They arrived in gorgeous outfits, bearing goodies and the prospect of great conversation. We raised glasses, talked, tilted our faces to the summer twilight and later raided the fridge for midnight cheese-and-crackers feasting. It was an evening of superlatives. Words like ‘amazing’ and ‘glorious’ and ‘unbelievable’ capture something of how it felt, but not the total joy. It was an affirmation of friendship, gratitude and the giddy delight of the good things in life.

I wore this vintage dress (bought from the Soho Bang Bang) on my birthday. I love the multitudes of flowers. Thanks to my dad for snapping the shots. 

In other news, if you haven't done so already, head over to Bella's blog Citizen Rosebud to see Part 1 and Part 2 of Bella's new blog feature: a '20 on +40' interview I did with Mel from A Bag and a Beret. It's a brilliant idea and between Bella's exuberant spirit and Mel's Cindy Sherman-esque creative escapades, it was both enlightening and huge fun to be involved. I particularly enjoyed Mel's inventive questions which saw me describing what I'd make from found materials to wear to a woodland ball. 
I've also had two articles published online recently. I discussed the inclusive Debenhams lookbook and the power of image for The Vagenda, and the impact of Jennie Runk's H&M campaign (but the lack of UK size ten models) for All Walks Beyond the Catwalk

20 comments:

Helen Le Caplain said...

Happy birthday!

Love that dress - it looks amazing :)

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Jess said...

Such a beautiful dress! Loved the piece of The Citizen Rosebud - some really great food for thought.

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Melanie said...

What a wonderful birthday celebration. I really love that black and white photograph - the floral pattern is so suggestive of the colours it holds. Suspension of colour I suppose. I enjoyed our interview very much.

Thrifted Shift said...

Happy Birthday! From tea to bluebells to midnight snacks, it all sounded lovely. I'm especially glad you experienced the surprise visit, because you're right, one cannot ask for a surprise without ruining the spirit of it!

Closet Fashionista said...

I love that dress on you! And Happy Belated Birthday!!!!!! :D
I have never been surprised for my birthday, but I'm not so sure I'd enjoy it, haha...
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Sacramento Amate said...

Wonderful indeed, dear Rosalind.
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Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

Happy (late) Birthday! 18 is quite exciting :)
Gorgeous photos. Love the print on the dress!

Lonneke said...

I love the way you write. Great photos too!
(happy birthday!)
x

Vix said...

Happy Birthday! that dress is stunning on you and your celebration sounded perfect. xxx

MANVI MITTAL said...

Hey! Happy birthday
And that dress is stunning
Manvi.x
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Emalina said...

Happy Birthday lovely Roz! I'm so glad you had a wonderful time to mark your 18th, such a significant birthday! You are beautiful in your celebratory dress.

Joanna DeVoe said...

GORGEOUS. Happy Birthday!

Emalina said...

p.s. I forgot to mention earlier that I really enjoyed reading your interview with Mel!

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

What a joyous birthday!! Perfect in every way, at least to my way of thinking. The dress is charming and the photos are truly gorgeous. Yet again. :-) I have to come back with more time to enjoy your collaboration with two of my other favorite bloggers, Bella and Melanie. I can only imagine what delightful tidbits are in store.

Good luck with your exam (if it's not over yet). Hope you continue to celebrate over this weekend, and many more to come. XXOO

milliemetres said...

happy belated birthday! PS. I'm pretty sure that I saw you down the king's road in london about two months ago (yes, a long time ago - it just struck me now!) :-) x

FASHION TALES said...

The all over floral printed dress is simply marvellous! Happy birthday! I also enjoyed the brilliant feature on Bella's blog. Congrats! xx/Madison

OrigamiGirl said...

Hmm. I just wrote a long comment and then blogger said 'error' after I'd posted it.
Let's try again!

Sounds like a wonderful and charming birthday! I am with you on surprises. I love happy surprises, ike parcels in the post which I will put off opening from the morning to the evening to savour the delight of having presents in the post.

Happy Birthday!

And good luck in your exams!

shipshapeandbristolfashion said...

Happy belated birthday Roz - it sounds like you had a wonderful day. I'm a huge fan of surprises, especially the birthday kind. Sometimes the best things can happen when you least expect them.

The Foolish Aesthete said...

Happy, happy birthday! Your photos fully capture the bloom of youth on the edge of adulthood. It's strange because we've all seen you grow on your blog, like child stars growing up on screen. But you're managing it with much more grace and maturity than they do.

I loved the surprise visit your friend pounced on you! In life's EKG reading, those are the spiky, electrified moments etched as jagged peaks on paper but seared as precious memories in our hearts. What a wonderful gift Flo and her boyfriend gave you.

I need to check out Bella's feature with you. Sounds like great fun! And enjoy your summer! -- J xxx

Willow said...

Happy (very belated) birthday! Sounds like it was wonderful and what an amazing surprise from your friends. I can imagine your face certainly would have been priceless.

My mum saw this post, and she exclaimed that the floral pattern on your stunning dress was almost identical to the pattern on a 70's satin maxi dress of her mother's that she coveted when she was a little girl and has described often. It's an absolute beauty and looks gorgeous on you, great shots too.